Alan Hess, architect and historian, has authored nineteen books on Mid-century Modern architecture and urbanism. They include monographs on architects Oscar Niemeyer, Frank Lloyd Wright, and John Lautner, as well as architectural histories of Las Vegas and Palm Springs. Hess’s other books include Googie: Ultramodern Roadside Architecture, Forgotten Modern, and The Ranch House. His next book is a history of California Modern Architecture 1900-1975. Hess has been a National Arts Journalism Program Fellow at Columbia
University's School of Journalism, and a Graham Foundation grant recipient. Active in the preservation of post-World War II architecture, he has qualified several significant Mid-century Modern buildings for the National Register of Historic Places, including the oldest McDonald’s drive-in restaurant, and received awards from the National Trust, DOCOMOMO/US, and the Los Angeles Conservancy.